October 2015 Contents
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Transportation - Ride Services
The disruptive technology of ride services Lyft and Uber is meeting the immoveable force of vehicle-for-hire regulations in cities throughout Florida...
Amalie sells plenty of motor oil. The challenge for the Barkett family is changing how the company sells it.
Up Front - Publisher's Column
Making a case for Enterprise Florida
Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private partnership to attract business, says its incentive toolkit is running out of money — it has just $9 million, an amount that’s supposed to last through the middle of 2016...
“My dad’s insistence that I work in the store while I was still in school was helpful to me in the long run. I remember ... when I became the window washer for the old downtown Bradenton store. Later, when we opened another store, I was kind of promoted to janitor. I’m not sure which was the better job, but I learned from both.”
A famous juggler’s concrete plans
By the time Anthony Commarota was 8, he had become one of the best jugglers in the world. Although he made a good living juggling, he hid a big secret: He didn’t like juggling for a living...
More Florida hotel restaurants feature their own produce.
Broken tax breaks
Years ago, the Florida Legislature created tax breaks to spur growth in aviation, banking and insurance. Critics say time has rendered those breaks unfair or unequal.
Ramón A. Abadin — the Florida Bar's new president — insists he's not being combative, just realistic.
A taxing topic
How meaningful are terms like "low-tax" and "regressive" in discussing how Florida taxes itself?
The Money Issue
A proposed federal rule governing investment advice is roiling the financial world.
A recent arrival to Florida’s venture capital sector says the state is only beginning to capitalize on the research and ideas coming out of its public and private institutions.
Private investments in Florida companies totaled $6.1 billion from July 2010 – July 2015.
Tamiami Angels’ Tim Cartwright talks about what makes a successful investment.
Business owners and individual taxpayers can benefit from an extension of some tax breaks.
Around the State
Jeff Greene on the real estate bubble
Investor Jeff Greene wishes the current real estate surge were being fueled by a strong middle-class recovery.
One Community One Goal was designed to identify industries to recruit and diversify the county’s economy.
19 years after Congress authorized a study looking at Port Everglades improvements, the project can move forward.
Third time’s a charm?
A downtown Fort Meyers eyesore gets a makeover.
21 miles of highway will be overhauled over nearly seven years.
The rookie Republican mayor is diving into a nest of major issues facing Jacksonville.
Santa Rosa County's quest to become a regional player in the aerospace industry involves a simple strategy: Start small, and go after quality.
After an initial launch in Venezuela, Miami’s Andres Moreno introduced Open English to the rest of Latin America.
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